Charter Schools in America

A Definition & Some Milestones

A charter implied both the ideas of a franchise and competition. A school system might charter schools distinctly different in their approach to teaching. Parents could choose which charter school to send their children to, thus fostering competition...[and] that charter schools could help reinvigorate the twin promises of American public education: to promote social mobility for the working class children and social cohesion among America's increasingly diverse population...(As reported by the NYT of an address in 1988).

-Al Shanker
President (1974-1997) American Federation of Teachers 

Charter
School
Definition

A charter school is an independently-operated, tuition free pubic school that has the freedom to design an innovative educational experience for its students, within boundaries as laid out in its charter with it's authorizing entity.

Charter School Milestones

1992

First Charter School in the US established in Minnesota
...the era begins

1995

Arizona authorizes and has its first Charter School opening
...an early adopter state

1999

The first ROSE ACADEMY is opened in Tucson
...from 129 students to over 1200 enrolled today

2019

Five ROSE Academy High School campuses celebrate
...3,778 cumulative graduates to date

Charter Students & Schools*

Today's Charter School Statistics*

  • 43

    States and DC Authorize Charter Schools

  • 7,000

    Charter Schools in Operation

  • 219,000

    Teachers Work in Charter Schools

  • 5,000,000

    Students on Waiting Lists to Attend Charter Schools

ARIZONA REPORTS MOST CHARTER SCHOOLS PER CAPITA IN THE US, THUS THE MOST COMPETITIVE AREA IN THE SECTOR NATIONALLY

*National Alliance for Public Charter Schools